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The Grammar of Identity

  • Ulrike Hanna Meinhof
  • Dariusz Galasiński
Part of the Language and Globalization book series (LAGL)

Abstract

One of the distinct features of the discourse of Poland in the German town of Guben is to do with the way in which the inhabitants of Guben pronounce the name of their neighbours’ town across the river: Gubin. As ‘GUben’, the word ‘GUbin’, in Polish, is also pronounced with the stress on the first syllable. And yet, in Guben, one is hard pushed to hear anyone pronouncing it in such a way. Mostly, Germans from Guben pronounce the name of the neighbouring town ‘GuBIN’, with the stress on the last syllable.

Keywords

Identity Construction Linguistic Resource German Woman Person Plural Neighbouring Town 
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Copyright information

© Ulrike Hanna Meinhof and Dariusz Galasiński 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrike Hanna Meinhof
    • 1
  • Dariusz Galasiński
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SouthamptonUK
  2. 2.University of wolverhamptonUK

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